Re: Pictures of big heavy longrange rifles -let's see them.
[QUOTE=ol mike;596040]Whew-wee you guys have some nice rifles !
The reason i mentioned making the gun way heavy is to beat back the recoil -i am trying to not use a brake on the gun.
How heavy '"ballpark guess" would a 338 edge shooting a 300gr bullet need to be to have recoil similar to a sporterweight 270 w/130gr bullets ?
And what size barrel contour and length can a chrome moly remington action support ?
If i could use a 30" sendero contour -i could just forget the barrel block thoughts.
I bet you guys use your rifles to pick up chicks -laf.
Thanks for the pictures and info thus far keep them coming if you have them.
Mike, the 338 Edge sounds like what you are looking for if you need to stay with a 700 action. The Edge will not leave you "lacking" in the thumping dept. As far as how heavy the rifle needs to be to get you in the recoil areas you want W/O a brake I don't know. I'm sure someone here can give you a number but there are still other things to consider when going with no brake. Even in a heavy rifle (13 lbs +) 300 g bullets at 2800 + fps the muzzle jump will keep you from being able to see your impacts. My 13.5 lb edge has a Hollands brake and the felt recoil is still above the recoil area you are hoping for. With the brake it still takes a 600 or more shot with the scope no higher than 12x or so to see impacts. If seeing your shot is important you might consider this. on top of this you will most likely shoot the Edge better with a brake regardless of recoil tolerance.
One other thing is there is a considerable difference in felt recoil between shooting the 250 and 300 g bullets. My unbraked 10 lb 338 RUM shooting 250's is more pleasant to shoot, by a margin, than my 13.5 lb Edge shooting 300g at 2850 with the brake removed. Good luck with whatever you decide to build!